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Old School NES Games That Prepared Me for Fatherhood

Fathers pull their inspiration from weird places. Some of them pull it out of their own father’s teachings. Some of them pull it out of necessity and learn on the fly. But what indisputably prepares you for fatherhood the most is video games. Old NES games, specifically. Look, that console had two... 
10 Discontinued Snacks

10 Discontinued Junk Foods That My Son Will Never Get the Chance to Eat

Some things are too good (or too bad) to keep around forever. This is especially true in the world of junk food, where brands constantly crank out products based on market trends and flimsy pop culture references. My son will never eat some of the junk food I had when I was younger. I certainly won’t... 
25 Reasons

25 Reasons Kids Should Be Left Alone With Their Dads

Making fun of dads because they are “pretty much just giant children” is soooooooo 2011. Maybe y’all ain’t heard, but dads are getting all sorts of respect lately – not because they’re doing anything different, but because – ugh - who didn’t want to... 
Comic-con Kid

9 Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their First Comic-Con

I am a comic book geek and so is my seven-year-old daughter. Before we start pointing fingers, let me just say that I blame myself for her condition. When you raise a child in a house filled with comic books, where the living room bookcase has Two-Face book-ends and your art supplies are kept in Hellboy... 
2013 Commercials

Observations on Dad-Bias in 140 Commercials from 2013

I’ve been calling out dad-bias in commercials for years now, and really wanted to put the nail in the coffin. So I watched, noted and rated 140 commercials in 2013 that featured fathers as main characters. And if I was looking for a fight…man, I couldn’t have done it at a worse time.... 
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Super Bowl Dads

Sure, there’s a “Big Game” on, but a lot of people just watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. And as I recently mentioned, Toyota, Nissan and Dove Men+Care have crafted spots about fathers. But why?

You might think – why fathers? Why now? But brands and agencies are keen to one simple fact: dad is a consumer.


Welcome to the Internet

Did you decide to get a computer for your at-home personal use? Maybe you want to check the stocks at home, get some news headlines, and maybe – but probably not – have a little fun with your family on the internet?

But whoa! Don’t just dive right in and try it yourself. The Internet is a crazy place full of bits and bytes, and you need to know how to call them up, or you’ll be lost. We’ve pulled together some helpful videos for you to watch with your family to get you ready for your own home computer.


We realize it’s not early January anymore…we had some personal and professional issues, so thanks for sticking with us!

What’s your nerdy New Year’s Resolution? Why do schools cancel so many days of school when it snows? Who are the worst Marvel characters? How does Superman have to do with Zach (not) growing a vagina?


Jay Cutler

So Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is all over the social news today because wife, Kristin Cavallari, lit him up on Instagram for not being able to handle the rigors of parenthood.

Cutler was alone with his two sons (a 2 year old and an 8 month old) for some period of time while Cavallari was out of town, and as she announced her arrival (“the eagle has landed”), she faced a barrage of panic (that you can see above), ending in “I’m about to leave”. And hey, it might have been a joke, who knows.

But all I’m here to say – to you dear readers, and to Jay Cutler – is: I get it.


Pre-Super Bowl Dadvertising

Inevitably, brands hone in on men come Super Bowl time. Fathers have always found their way into the commercials, but the imagery is evolving. Some brands are banking on the image of emotional, loving fathers in their ads to boost their brands. Are we finally admitting that it’s good to be an emotional, loving, caring father? I hope so.

Three brands in particular are investing heavily in dads leading up to The Big Game: Toyota, Nissan and Dove Men+Care. Their father-centric commercials are wonderful reminders that fathers matter and are worth the hefty pricetag for a Super Bowl spot.


Stock Dad Poison Flower

If you could only know what the dads in stock photos were saying, you would be shocked an appalled.

Well, you’re lucky because 8BitDad was at CES and we got this new photo-translator that will extract the conversations right out of a photo and print them onto it. Look, we don’t understand how it works, but it works.


First Act Slayer

Most dads love playing with their kids’ toys – especially their musical instruments. Whether dad’s making music with his kids, on his kids, or just with their toys, there are a ton of totally adorbz and LOL-worthy videos out there to enjoy.

Most recently, custom guitar maker Frank Pasquale posted a video of he and a friend doing some Slayer on First Act instruments:

And the world of pink instruments will never be the same.


Episode 052: 8BitDad vs Christmas Toys
Movie(s) Available!

In this week’s episode, we talk Christmas shopping and toys. Disney Infinity! Nintendo Amiibo! Star Wars Command!


We mentioned these:

Disney Infinity (Disney)
Is Disney Infinity the Video Game With the Most Playable Female Characters? (8BitDad)
Nintendo Amiibo (Nintendo)
Star Wars Command figures (Hasbro)
SimCity 2000 (Origin)
Zombies at War figures (Amazon)
Toy Story That Time Forgot trailer (YouTube)
An American Tail trailer (YouTube)
Mad Max: Fury Road trailer (YouTube)
Raising Arizona trailer (YouTube)
The Family Man trailer (YouTube)
Con Air trailer (YouTube)

What was your favorite Christmas/Hanukkah present growing up?